Britney Dearest: My Painting Procrastination Problems {and how I plan to fix them}

/ Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Painting Procrastination Problems {and how I plan to fix them}





When it comes to DIY blog posts majority of the bloggers I follow show projects that are complete and perfected; without blemish.


It's a little intimidating for me actually because my projects don't always turn out as planned. I have put off sharing this specific project for months because of the imperfections, however, my husband encouraged me stop worrying about other peoples perfection, be one a kind and share my imperfections. I took his advice. Enjoy!


THE TRIM  AND BASEBOARD PAINTING PROBLEM...

When my 5-year-old son was a baby my son and daughter's rooms were switched, her current room was his and his current room was hers. While the room belonged to m son my husband and me painted it a gorgeous shade of blue. We did not use painters tape and it's still haunting us four and a half years later!


The crown molding...

In February this year, when I repainted the room to the color you see now {HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Drama Violet} we chose not to use tape because my husband planned to replace the old baseboard with new baseboard to match the newer trim. That didn't happen quick enough so we decided that it would be easier if we just paint over the baseboard, trim, and crown molding since it needed to be painted over anyway to cover the blue paint.

After all this time, we have not yet replaced the baseboard or painted over it, but I promise we will soon! I'm so tired of procrastinating with easy fixes and I want my baby girl's room to be complete so I can show you the whole room.

Paint on the trim around my daughter's closet



THE DESK...

About 3 or 4 months ago I found a gorgeous desk at a thrift store for my daughter and purchased it for $20. It was originally $40, but there was another, bigger, desk for $20. I asked the manager about the price difference and she was so nice that she just let me buy it for the same price as the bigger desk.

Isn't it adorable?

Here's the desk now, under my daughter's loft bunk bed...

Overall, it looks nice from afar.

THE TEDIOUS PROCESS:

1. First, my husband sanded, primed and painted the desk white using a sprayer, along with my son's dresser, I'll make a separate post about my boys, now, blue dresser. We gave it a full 24 hours to dry. Everything went great here. 2. I hand painted the sides of the drawers lime green using Sherwin Williams Lime Rickey, from leftover paint I used on my sons bedroom walls. 3. I painted the front of the drawers the same color as my daughter's bedroom walls per her request. 4. I spray painted the drawer pulls gold using Valspar metallic spray paint. It was a full can I bought at a garage sale for $1 over the summer!



THE PROBLEM:

I did not add a protective finish and it really shows! There are small chipped spots from the drawers sticking to the dresser, making it difficult to pull the drawers out and then when we pulled the drawers out, paint from the dresser would stick onto the drawer, causing the chipped spots. I hope that makes since.



Also, my daughter's {washable} crayon and marker spots aren't easy to wipe up. She draws and colors a lot so it would be nice to have a surface that wipes clean easily.



THE PLAN:
  • I'm going to repaint the top of the dresser and paint over the chipped spots, then seal the entire dresser with Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Clear Satin. It's an affordable product and has good Amazon reviews. 
  • My husband also suggested I add an acrylic sheet/plexiglass, which is like glass, to the top with 4 small suction pieces underneath the acrylic in each corner of the desk so that she can slide photos and pictures underneath it. So yeah! I just need to get to it, right?


So, after all that, from here on out I will most definitely:
  • USE PAINTERS TAPE
  • SEAL AND PROTECT MY HAND AND SPRAY PAINTED FURNITURE
  • LET EACH PIECE DRY THE LENGTH OF TIME THE PAINT INSTRUCTIONS SUGGESTS
  • AVOID LAZINESS AND PROCRASTINATION AND DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID ISSUES.

I hope you have done and will do better than I did should you take on any painting projects in the future. Thank me later. Lol


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Hi! I'm Britney. I'm a wife and a mother to 3 children + 1 fur baby. I write about everything family, home, and DIY related. I'm slightly obsessed with home decor Instagram accounts and DIY blogs. Junk food is my peace. Read more

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